There were no upsets today as reigning champions Richard Estaugh & Peter Rowley of Great Britain sailed away with the first race and the overall title.
The champions did not need to sail Race X, which was won by India's Farokh Tarapore & P K Garg. Shane McCarthy & Simon Cook of Ireland got a fourth in Race IX and a second in Race X to come second overall. India's Naresh Yadav and G L Yadav got a 15th position in Race IX, their worst in the regatta so far, and a fourth in Race X, and had to be content with third overall position.
Nick Craig & Claire Upton-Brown of Great Britain moved up to fourth after a third and a fourth today, pushing countrymen Roger Gilbert & Alistair Fry, who placed fifth and seventh in today's races, to overall fifth place. Aashim Mongia & R Mahesh's run of bad luck continued, as a broken rudder forced them to miss Race IX and collect maximum penalty points. In the second race they managed a poor 11th place, dropping to overall eighth position. Gautam Dutta & Utpal More who, like Mongia & Mahesh, have won two races, placed sixth and fifth in today's races, but still dropped back to sixth place overall.
Overall, consistency won the day. While Estaugh & Rowley won three races, they never ranked lower than seventh.
Ireland's Shane Mc Carthy & Simon Cook got overall second place even though they did not win a single race; two seconds, four fourths and a fifth saw them through as they were able to discard their worst positions of eighth and 15th. While three Indian pairs won two races each and a fourth won one, bad positions in other races proved to be their undoing. Indian team coach, Homi Motivala, who had predicted that two Indians would place in the top three and five in the top ten, was satisfied: "We got only one in the top three but six in the top ten," he pointed out.
Estaugh, who has won the world championship for the third time and for the second time consecutively, said that he was glad not to have had to sail Race X, which saw shifting winds with several lulls. It was in the final beat of this race that McCarthy & Cook managed to overtake Yadav, who said that he had lost out in Race IX by taking the extreme right side of the course on the first beat.
Earlier, yesterday's protest hearings saw Craig & Upton-Brown disqualified in Race VIII for infringing Nitin Mongia & Sandeep Jain. There were two other disqualifications, but none affected any position of consequence. There were no protests today.
Final Overall Results:
1. Estaugh & Rowley (GBR) - 23 points
2. McCarthy & Cook (IRL) - 28 points
3. N Yadav & G Yadav (IND) - 35 points
4. Craig & Upton-Brown (GBR) - 37.4 points
5. Gilbert & Fry (GBR) - 40 points
6. Dutta & More (IND) - 43 points
7. Tarapore & Garg (IND) - 43 points
8. A Mongia & R Mahesh (IND) - 47 points
9. Singh & Joseph (IND) - 74 points
10. N Mongia & Jain (IND) - 80 points